Call to application for Ifsttar PHDs topics

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You have a Master degree (or are in the process of obtaining it), you wish to start a PhD in a laboratory, while benefiting from a competitive work environment linked to academic and industrial partners. IFSTTAR, a Public Scientific and Technical Research Establishment (EPST) under the joint supervision of the ministry in charge of research (MESR) and the ministry in charge of sustainable development (MEDDTL), is a well-known european actor in the fields of transport, development and networks, which can provide financing for a PhD in one of its laboratories.

Application requirements

To apply for a PhD grant at IFSTTAR, there is one and only condition:

In cases of diploma equivalence, the authorization of application at the selected doctoral school will be checked prior to the PhD application submission.

PhD topics

To apply, you have to identify a research topic among those proposed by IFSTTAR research laboratories. When choosing a topic, it is MANDATORY to contact the laboratory (PhD supervisor or head of the laboratory) in charge, to finalise with them the scientific contents of the topic, provided of course that the laboratory is interested by your application.

You may consult:

Although the online application allows it, we strongly advise you not to apply for several PhDs topics. Analyze the topic you are most interested in and interact with the supervisor.


The PhD contract granted by IFSTTAR is for the time being 1858 € gross per month during the first two years, and 2125 € gross per month during the third year. Teaching vacations or industrial missions can complement these PhD contracts.

While being linked to an IFSTTAR laboratory, some proposed topics can also be granted with fundings from outside the Institut (CIFRE, research contract, EU,...). The supervisors will provide you with all the necessary informations on these financings and on the recruiting process, which may slightly differ from the one concerning Ifsttar financing (in particulier the audition can take place at another moment).


After a preliminary interaction with the laboratory, apply via an online form (link at the bottom of the FICHE RESUME of the chosen PhD). You will indicate your civil status and the whole of your cursus with mention of the grades. The elements linked with the PhD (supervision, doctoral school...) are determined with the PhD supervisor.

The complementary following documents are mandatory:

These documents must be in electronic version, pdf format only (A4).
Only the applications completed with these documents will be examined.